English Communication 1
Form-Focused Dictation
Units 1 - 20



Form-Focused Dictation 1: Wh. vs. Yes/No Questions (intonation patterns)

  1. What can make you feel like speaking?
  2. What sort of things do you like to talk about?
  3. Could you tell me what this means?
  4. Could you show me how to do this, please?
  5. Do you mind if I open the door a bit?

Form-Focused Dictation 2: Wanna (reduced forms)

  1. I must be kind to them or they won't want to go the way I want to go!
  2. I'm sure I don't want to stay in here any longer!
  3. But I don't want to go there today.
  4. Look at the report if you want to see how he did it.
  5. If you want to get anything else, you'll have to use your own money!

Form-Focused Dictation 3: bilabial vs. labiodental b vs. v; p vs. f

  1. That is a very big berry on the table.
  2. Did you vote for your local council to buy a new boat?
  3. I believe the school should buy a new coffee machine.
  4. Isn’t it time we got a new copy machine before we buy anything else.
  5. I found that walking a bit every day, I could loose a pound a week.

Form-Focused Dictation 4: Gonna (reduced form)

  1. What are you going to wear?
  2. Then you're going to have to take it out for a few minutes.
  3. Are you going to work right through the night too?
  4. But how are you going to move it this time?
  5. I won't say I wasn't goin' to do it, because I WAS; but you - I mean somebody - got in before me.

Form-Focused Dictation 5: voicing vs. unvoiced; b vs. p, f vs. v

  1. The child was making a little pit next to her house.
  2. The woman wanted a little bit of time to herself.
  3. It was a really good buy, half a pie for only a dollar.
  4. There are only a few who can have this sort of view from their homes.
  5. If he leaves now, we can get to see the Leafs play hockey.

Form-Focused Dictation Unit 6: /l/ vs. /ɹ/

  1. There's a light right next to the door.
  2. Take a right at the next red light.
  3. I feel really worried when I'm on a big road.
  4. She wanted to put a big load in her washing machine.
  5. I fear I will never be able to learn to read.